Chester County Historical Society Elects George Zumbano to Succeed Vincent Donohue as Chairman

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David B. Reinfeld
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Rob Lukens
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Monday, September 9, 2013

 Chester County Historical Society Elects George Zumbano to Succeed Vincent Donohue as Chairman

The Chester County Historical Society Board of Trustees elected George Zumbano, a Partner with Gawthrop Greenwood, its new Chairman.

George C. Zumbano is a member of the Executive Committee of Gawthrop Greenwood. George focuses his practice on representing businesses, individuals, and institutions in business and litigation matters. He is often appointed by judges and other lawyers as the mediator or arbitrator to privately resolve disputes involving a myriad of issues. Mr. Zumbano also serves on the Board of the Chester County Bar Association, of which he is a Past President. Mr. Zumbano is also a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, American Association for Justice, and the Pennsylvania Association for Justice. Also active in his community, Mr. Zumbano served as President on the Holcomb Behavioral Health System and the West Chester Area School Board and as Past Treasurer on the Friends Association for Care and Protection of Children.

 “We are most appreciative to Vincent Donohue for his service as Chair. His leadership has been of great value,” said Mr. Zumbano.

"George's business and non-profit experience bring great credibility to the organization through his important role as board chair. His chairmanship also continues a long-standing legacy of support from Gawthrop Greenwood" remarked CCHS's president, Dr. Rob Lukens.

 Joining Mr. Zumbano as a newly elected officer of the board is Charles White, Director of System Strategy and Governance from PECO, as CCHS’s Vice-Chair, and George Werner, Director, Piper Jaffray & Co, as Secretary. Francis Brinton Jacobs II continues in his role as Board Treasurer. In addition, CCHS is pleased to announce the recent appointment of Caroline Bentley, Karl Kyriss, and Craig Tucker as new board members.

Caroline Bentley has a background in business process analysis and has been a supporter of community organizations throughout the Chester County and Philadelphia regions. She cultivated her appreciation of art and American antiques through endeavors including as a docent of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and with her husband Greg Bentley has restored two Chester County homes on the National Register of Historical Places.  Mrs. Bentley served as a board member for the Women Visitors of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, and volunteers for Special Olympics and Handi-Crafters.  At Trinity Episcopal Church in Coatesville, she is spearheading outreach initiatives for Veterans.

Karl M. Kyriss is the Executive Vice President of Aqua America and President Aqua Capital Ventures, a new internal business unit at Aqua America. Prior to this promotion with Aqua America, Kyriss served as regional president of Mid-Atlantic operations.  Mr. Kyriss has B.S. and M.S. degrees in chemical and biochemical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania and is a professional engineer in Pennsylvania as well as served on the AWWA Research Foundation Board of Trustees for six years.

Craig L. Tucker is Senior Consultant at Novak Strategic Advisors in Harrisburg, where he is responsible for managed client services by providing analysis, networking, and government relations advice for local and state government. Before that Mr. Tucker was Executive Director of the Republican Committee of Chester County as well as the Administrative Analyst for County Commissioner Colin A. Hanna. Mr. Tucker has been on the Board of the Chester County Art Association as well as the West Chester Area Day Care Center and served one term as President on both these boards. 

The Chester County Historical Society is widely respected as one of the Commonwealth’s premier history museums and educational centers, playing an important role in history education, cultural diversity and economic impact for the Philadelphia region.  Drawing on over 300 years of artifacts and documents collected, preserved and interpreted since 1893, CCHS delivers dynamic thought-provoking programs and exhibits to over 30,000 children and adults a year.  As the designated Historical Society for Chester County, CCHS's offerings develop the next generation of civically engaged and informed citizens by connecting residents of all ages to their rich heritage.